Comic-Con: Sherlock lives and Watson weds in next season

July 18, 2013 | 7:40 p.m.

Martin Freeman as John Watson, left, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." (BBC / Hartswood Films)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." (BBC / Hartswood Films)

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson in "Sherlock." (BBC / Hartswood Films)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." (BBC / Hartswood Films)

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson in "Sherlock." (BBC / Hartswood Films)

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson in "Sherlock." (BBC / Hartswood Films)

Andrew Scott as evil mastermind Jim Moriarty in "Sherlock." (BBC / Hartswood Films)

Andrew Scott as evil mastermind Jim Moriarty in "Sherlock." (BBC / Hartswood Films)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." (BBC / Hartswood Films)

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson in "Sherlock." (BBC / Hartswood Films)

Season 3 of the hit BBC series “Sherlock” will feature Dr. John Watson’s wedding, with Sherlock Holmes serving as best man, the show’s creative team revealed Thursday at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Based on the classic mystery stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Golden Globe-nominated BBC series stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) as the brilliant but socially inept detective and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”) as his long-suffering roommate and co-sleuth.

The show’s third season, set to premiere on PBS in the U.S. in early 2014, is highly anticipated after last year’s season finale, in which Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly (and inexplicably) alive.

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“There really are only a few ways you can fall from a roof and survive,” the show’s co-creator Mark Gatiss told more than 4,000 people in the San Diego Convention Center’s Ballroom 20. “It’s not black magic.”

The mystery of Sherlock’s survival will be unraveled in the season premiere, co-creator Steven Moffat said, promising a “rational explanation.” Moffat was joined on the panel — the show’s Comic-Con debut — by “Sherlock” executive producer Sue Vertue, who is his wife, and by producer Gatiss, who also plays Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes, in the series.

When asked why stars Cumberbatch and Freeman weren’t in attendance, Moffat quipped, “One of them is a high-functioning sociopath and the other one is a hobbit; let’s not set the bar too high.”

Cumberbatch and Freeman, currently on the set of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” films, recorded video messages for the Comic-Con attendees (watch them below). In the video, Cumberbatch begins to explain the secret behind his character’s faked suicide in a bit that involves plush monkeys and plenty of gesturing.

The mystery will be explained quickly in the new season, paving the way for one of Moffat’s favorite moments in the series, he said.

“It’s when John and Sherlock meet again. I think that’s the showstopper,” he said. “It’s a long, complicated, emotional journey, and extremely funny.”

The evolving and deepening friendship between Holmes and Watson will be a major focus of the upcoming season, especially with the introduction of a new love interest. Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington is joining the cast as Mary Morstan, Watson’s future wife.

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“Hot off the presses from 110 years ago, John does get married,” Moffat joked. “We hoped that you wouldn’t sneak ahead and read the books.”

Fans were treated to a sneak preview of the wedding, as well a humorous and heartfelt conversation in which Watson asks Holmes to be his best man.

Will Sherlock find love? Not anytime soon, Moffat said.

“Sex for Sherlock, it happens up here,” Moffat said, motioning to his head. “Sex is brain work for him. Can you imagine romance with Sherlock? He’d poison his girlfriend just to see if it works.”

The show’s creators also confirmed that Andrew Scott, who plays Sherlock’s nemesis Jim Moriarty, appears in the new season, but as a corpse, joking that it was cheaper to pay Scott to play dead than to create a dead Moriarty mannequin. Moffat dismissed the notion that Moriarty faked his death.

“He can’t come back from that,” Moffat said. “He shot himself in the face. What more do you want?”

“Sherlock” has been optioned for a fourth season, Vertue confirmed during the panel, saying that timing is still to be determined. There had been some speculation about Freeman’s and Cumberbatch’s availability for another season in light of both actors’ burgeoning fame. The producers joked that if they were to cast the show now instead of three years ago, the likelihood of landing either or both actors would be extremely low.

Cumberbatch “was already one of the most admired actors of his generation and, within the industry, universally tipped for stardom,” Moffat told Hero Complex last year. “We were the lucky ones who gave him the breakthrough part. The challenge of Sherlock Holmes is to play a show-off, self-obsessed egotist and yet still be loved, and actually very few people have pulled it off. I may be prejudiced, but I don’t think anyone has pulled it off as well as Benedict.”

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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8 Responses to Comic-Con: Sherlock lives and Watson weds in next season

  1. kathleen says:

    2014 ? Oh hell NOOOOOOOOOO . . .
    Why are they torturing us ?
    We can NOT wait that long .
    Will Some One in Authority Please Do Something ?
    We thank-you for your cooperation .

    • Roberta says:

      It usually takes that long because the TV shows that are shown in England usually don't come to the US until a few months after they air there. That's why "Downton Abbey" won't be on TV here until January when it's being shown in England in September. If you can't wait until January, check on PBS's website this fall. They usually have the DVDs or Blue Ray discs of the season for sale. I know that right now on PBS I'm watching the "Endeavor" series and while the third episode is being shown this Sunday, the full season has been for sale since it started airing. You might get lucky and be able to buy the season before it airs here or very close to when it begins to air. Just a thought.

  2. Guest says:

    I bet I know why Benedict wasn't there! As well as being a high functioning sociopath, he's also a dragon!

    BTW ha ha I got the first comment

  3. Zaggnita says:

    What would be awesome, is if the Moriarty character wasn't actually Moriarty, but someone that was hired to pretend to be him or something along those lines. That would be awesome, and…would probably prolong the show even more. Because lets face it, none of us wants Sherlock to end anytime soon. 3 seasons is not enough, I neeeeeed moar!

  4. @twdwfan says:

    I think in as much as I am looking forward to the 'Big Reveal' of how Sherlock survives the Fall, I am more interested in the Sherlock – John reunion. XD

    Also, John marries was a given… glad to get a few more tidbits from series 3. I loved the videos from both Martin and Benedict.

  5. Aly says:

    Dear Mr. Moffat, Mr. Gatiss, and Ms. Vertue, re "Sherlock:
    I need some. Get me some.

  6. Lyndi says:

    I am excited for more Sherlock episodes. However, I don't want John to get married. Unless it's to Sherlock of course… then that would be perfectly fine!!

    JohnLock = EndGame. BOOM!!

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